See it if you like ADS's docu-theater w/insightful quotes fr diff perspectives. Gr acting/staging. Impt discussn of Am race relatns; highly relevant.
Don't see it if you need action. Solo show w/lots of talk. Is two hours, but goes by fast. Well worth seeing if you like challenging content. Intelligent.
See it if You love Smith’s compelling, genius storytelling style and would like to learn more about the Crown Heights riots.
Don't see it if You find that performing interview excerpts verbatim is less interesting than reading full interviews about the subject.
See it if you like to see amazing acting--1 actor playing numerous roles.Terrific staging.Problem is that the play doesn't have enough story or heart
Don't see it if you are expecting 1 of Deavere's incredible shows.This should've drawn me in more than it did.Felt too clinical.A few stories were touching
See it if well acted and the play holds up without Anna starring in it. topic is still relevant and was good to see it again after all this time
Don't see it if need a straight through linear narrative with dialogue. style may not be for everyone.
See it if you are tired of polarized views and want thoughtful, intelligent even handed insight into a tragic event.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows and prefer traditional story lines.
See it if Michael Benjamin Washington gives an extraordinary performance as several characters involved in the 1991 Crown Heights killings/riots.
Don't see it if If you don't like one-person shows. This is more of an exploration than a play. If you like your shows linear, this might not be for you.
See it if solo show about an historical event based on Anna Deavere Smith's interviews with members of the community; issues of indentity & divisions
Don't see it if want the actor to exactly mimic the 25+ characters being voiced* & want more elaborate props to accomplish this Read more
See it if Like one actor shows. Are interested in NYC history and/or issues of race, identity, and religion. Appreciate stark production values.
Don't see it if You are Impatient with solo shows or historic reenactments.
CRITIC’S PICK "Reflections That Sear in a Reborn ‘Fires in the Mirror’: The Signature Theater revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s drama about the Crown Heights race riots confirms this play’s status as an enduring work of art."
4/5 Stars "A theatrical time capsule that feels eerily timely...An appropriately fiery revival...While Washington doesn’t possess Smith’s uncanny abilities as a mimic, he imbues each person with specificity, authenticity and soul...A stirring account of an urgent work of art."
"Fires in the Mirror Exposes Segregated New York City: Anna Deavere Smith's theatrical documentary returns nearly three decades after the original incidents that inspired it."
"[Washington] is an accomplished mimic…but he digs deeper, finding something of each person's essence, in a coolly appraising look, a conspiratorial smile, or a fierce burst of anger. His is not a showy, distracting display of technique, but a diligent excavation of souls."
"As evident by the Signature Theatre's current production starring Michael Benjamin Washington, the play offers an ominously accurate reflection of the troubled times in which we now live."
5/5 Stars "A Hot-Button Show Whose Glow Hasn't Dimmed: Anna Deavere Smith's one-person play still burns bright with star Michael Benjamin Washington and a timely-as-ever theme"
"While the production is well executed… it presents dialogue as an end in itself and offers no connection between the real disparities affecting the neighborhood's Black and Jewish residents…Still, it is both evocative and compelling, thanks in large part to Michael Benjamin Washington."
"The piece is well produced, delivering the detailed goods with grace and determination, but not much emotionality. Washington doesn't hold the stage with the transformative weight of Smith, but that's a tall order, as she is at the heart of this emotional undertaking."